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Versus [CD]

Kings of Convenience Audio CD
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The concept of two men lightly strumming acoustic guitars, while singing harmonies over the top of a breezy folk setting is not unique to the Kings of Convenience. In fact, much of the music coming out of America in the mid-1960s boasted a gaggle of groups dedicated to softly singing to a world that was in desperate need of a quiet during the storm. But while folk has seen a resurgence lately ... Read more in Amazon's Kings of Convenience Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005Q36C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Don't Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Remix) 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Remix) 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Girl From Back Then (Riton's Über Jazz Mix) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gold For The Price Of Silver (Erot Vs Kings Of Convenience Version) 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Winning A Battle, Losing The War (Andy Votel Mix) 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Leaning Against The Wall (Evil Tordivel Upbeat Remake) 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Toxic Girl (Monte Carlo 1963 Version) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Failure (Alfie Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Little Kids (Ladytron Fruits Of The Forest Mix) 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Failure (Radio Edit) 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Leaning Against The Wall (Bamboo Soul Mix) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Instrumental) 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Given that remixers' recourse to acoustica is the next logical link to down-tempo electronica, it's no surprise that the Kings of Convenience's beguiling debut has undergone this treatment. Versus sees the winsome, lovelorn ditties of Quiet is the New Loud reinterpreted by the likes of fellow Norwegians Royksopp (whose lovely remix of "I Don't Know What to Save You From" appeared on the "Failure" single), Four Tet, Ladytron and Alfie, amongst others. Apart from Ladytron, who opt for their characteristic warped synth-pop, on the whole the assembled cast choose to gently tweak the songs, rather than offer any radical reworking of them. Evil Tordivel update "Leaning Against the Wall" with sprightly horns and keyboards, leaving the song less introspective, but still recognisable. Wayward folksters Alfie remake "Failure" (also included on the single), but are less successful, as its skewed lo-fi tends to overbear much of the all-important melody. Riton's remix of "The Girl From Back Then" adds gentle sprinkles of nonchalant, shuffling beats, but the highlight, is the "Weight of My Words" remix by Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet. As showcased on his glorious Pause album, he melds bubbling electronica with an organic, folky ambience, perfectly demonstrating the premise of Versus. - Suzannah Brown

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not a failure! 24 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a remix album compiling some versions that have previously been available as b-sides as well as tracks that are exclusive to this disc. Eight of the Nine different titles featured on this (12 track) album, appeared on 'Quiet is the new loud', some of which are almost unrecognisable in their new forms. However, this is not a bad thing by any means. The originals were soothing and amazing in their simplicity, whereas the versions included here are much more layered, containing extra 'noises' in the mix (including the sound "of wind from the top of Sandviksfjellet" on 'i don't knowwhat i can save you from') and many more instruments. The remixers have paid amazing respect to the sound that kings have developed, retaining the delicacy of the songs, while adding depth to the melodies.
I didn't know what to expect when this album dropped through my letterbox. I was concerned it would be sitting on my shelf, next to the brilliant 'Quiet is the new loud', as the runt of the litter, but i was overjoyed to find that it will spend less time on the shelf and more time in my cd player, filling my room with its sheer quality.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this even better? 4 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
So far "Quite is the new loud" is the best CD of 2001. The Norwegian duo that defined the neo-acoustics with their Nick Drake meets Simon and Garfunkel diamond sharp songs managed to sound new and surprising although traveling in a well-established path. You might say this made their achievement even greater.
And now they have taken half of that CD and some other songs and managed to rearrange them and remix them so they would qualify as nu-cool-lounge. The good news: "Versus" is so good and enjoyable it puts you in a big dilemma. Where do Kings of Convenience sound better? Here or there? Acoustic and sad or electronically happy? I say you should own both. These guys really write masterpiece songs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best served chilled! 16 Mar 2002
By Lion1
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd never heard any of their stuff
until I listened to Amazon's On-line Samples & read the reviews. I was a bit wary of the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons as I'm far from a fan, but when I played the 1st track of this remix album I just sank into a state of utter thought provoking "chill" & played the album back to back twice! The vocals are amazing & very uplifting. This is coming from a fan of Zero 7, Bonobo, Bent, Quantic, & Tim 'Love' Lee. Buy it now!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAPANESE! 3 Jan 2013
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A realy good album from an amazing Japanese band. The tracks are heavy and good to dance to! Just a shame its so easerly confused with a Norwegen band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who wouldn't like this? 6 Dec 2003
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I see I'm not the first person who was a little shall-we-say skeptical of the concept. I mean, really. Electronica remixes of acoustic folk lullabyes? Does it get any more gimmicky?
Yea, all signs pointed to "save your money" on this one. But deep down I wanted to believe. I knew that a concept like this really could make for wonderful music, if only it was done right. With taste, with imagination, with respect for the source material -- I mean, it could be really good! Couldn't it?
So, with a little trepidation, I purchased Versus. I bought it used, so as to limit my losses. And what do you know.
It's better than I'd even hoped. My wife loves it too -- we even found that the baby will stop crying when we put it on. She just stares at the speakers with an expression halfway between awestruck and dumbstruck.
We love it so much that we were hesitant to buy the original versions ("Quiet is the New Loud") until just recently. I figured they would seem empty to us. Wrong again. Blown away again. But that's a subject for a different review.
I can go back and forth between this and QitNL without any of that jarring feeling -- you know, like when you hear an old song that your favorite band covered once, and you're so used to the cover that something always seems to be missing, and you can't stop noticing its absence? Well, none of that. It's like each of the artists brings such a new vision to their track that they created a whole new song altogether. Almost all of them, anyway.
Maybe if I'd bought QitNL first it would be different. I don't know. I say, get this one first. It's a little more "hooky".
There is a bit of repetition. Personally, I would have chosen just one of the "Failure" mixes; they're just too similar. Not so with the two versions of "Leaning Against The Wall." They're very different and both fantastic and both fit in well. And Four Tet coming back again at the end? Love it. Can't get enough of that one.
Usually I try to explain "if blah blah, then you'll like this, and if blah blah blah, then you may not." But I don't really know what kind of music fan wouldn't like this disc. I don't know, your mother, maybe. If you see a one-star review ever show up here one day, your mother is suspect.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush 10 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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I heard a sound bite of "Gold for the Price of Silver" on NPR a couple weeks ago. Then I read that this album had "Beautiful songs for the post-club, chill-out crowd". So I bought it. Now I think the eject button on my car's CD player is worthless.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More innovative than the source 29 Jan 2002
By Chad A. Lauterbach - Published on
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In a day where there are so many good remixes of horrible songs, and horrible remixes of great songs, this album finally brings us a real treat. This is masterful; a piece that should be viewed as a model for what remixes of folk should look like. The artists on this disc recognized the essence and soul of the music it is derived from and the experience this creates is an even more passionate rendition of the same emotions of the first album. Taking the brilliant originals, recognizing the reason they exist as their own exceptional works, and reworking them to make those points even more prominent.
Gold for the Price of Silver, Toxic Girl, and Weight of My Words are highlights for me. I hope this album is viewed as a model, and purchased in the same volume as the first album is. If you like Quiet is the New Loud, you must listen to this. If you like folk and electronic music this is a must own.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars understated brilliance. 31 Oct 2001
By "khartoumhonesty" - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Their first album, "Quiet is the New Loud," is a Nick Drake meets Simon & Garfunkel acoustic masterpiece. Now, with this remix album, they venture into electronic territory. The subtle touches added to these songs by artists like Alfie, Ladytron, and Four Tet are just enough to enhance, without overpowering. Wonderfully mellow and relaxed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Flow 29 Dec 2001
By losingsoul - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Upon my 3rd listen to this disc, I came to the conclusion that the Kings of Convenience in this electronic setting sound like the second coming of a post-modern Prefab Sprout. The Simon & Garfunkel and Nick Drake comparisons are right on the money too. This collection sets a very high & glossy standard for remix discs as it's one of the more consistent ones I've ever heard. The Four Tet remixes of 'Weight of my Words' get all the press in reviews, and while it's genuinely great, it's far from being the best remix on here. The Royksopp remix of 'I Don't Know What I Can Save You From' is fantastic and perfectly sets the mood as the opening track. The collaboration with Erot on 'Gold For The Price of Silver' is strictly martini disco with a great funk inflected guitar line loping throughout. My favorite track would have to be possibly the most goofy one, the remake by Evil Tordivel (who the heck is this person?) of 'Leaning Against The Wall', is just a purely fun Burt Bacharach meets Badly Drawn Boy produced by Stereolab romper room electronic jam. A fun, swanky and altogether enjoyable experience.
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